tv 116th Congress Freshmen Profile Interviews Part 4 CSPAN January 1, 2019 9:56pm-10:26pm EST
don't take it to heart because they don't respect the speaker yet? if they don't respect them on the day of that speech, that speech means nothing. it is political windowdressing. i am capable of speaking from the heart and authentic way. before i try to impress upon the people of south dakota what my views are, i will make sure i earn the respect of them. >> new congress, new leaders. watch it all on c-span. the incoming freshman class of the new congress includes most women elected and military veterans. c-span recently spoke with some of the new members. elected to represent mississippi's third congressional district, he has rankinfor madison and
counties in mississippi. >> explain the district. >> the district runs across the central part of the state, all away from the eastern side to the western side of the state, encompasses 24 counties including the city of jackson partially in the third congressional district, encompasses mississippi state university in starkville. we have a major military installation there. it is a very diverse district. it has some very urban and very rural areas. there are problems that are specific to certain areas of the district. that is one thing throughout the campaign -- we were able to visit each county of the district many times to determine the needs of each district. we hope to be able to serve the district in the entirety, not
just the district but the entire state of mississippi. while we feel what is good for one district of mississippi is good for the entire state. i look forward to working with the entire congressional delegation for the state of mississippi so we can accomplish great things. >> you are a prosecutor before running for office. what about that experience do you think will help you in washington? >> i was both an assistant prosecutor and newly elected prosecutor for the past 11 years. i have with the men and women of -- worked with the men and women of law enforcement. as a prosecutor, you have to be the best prepared person in the courtroom when you walk in every day. you have to be able to work with other individuals. you have to be able to stand up and do what is right and fight
on behalf of the people of your district. i believe those lessons have prepared me to represent the people of mississippi well. 116th believe i will -- i believe i will come in like many representatives. former federala prosecutor. 116th believe there is a history of states sending prosecutors to congress, an those prosecutorsd quickly adopting their role nad and being effective members of congress. i am responsible for settling cases, anything from very small cases such as shoplifting, upple who wrote bad checks, to sexual assault, armed robbery. we prosecutor a wide variety of cases.
aspect ofe a good many different feels. i belief that will also help me become an effective congressman quickly. >> did you grow up in mississippi? >> i grew up in new jersey. my father was assigned to a military installation there. my family moved back to central mississippi. mylived for several years, elementary years, and the capital city of jackson. when i became in second grade, my family moved to one of the suburbs of the capital city. that is where i remained. after going to college i returned home, married a girl from my home town. that is where we are raising our children. >> what influence did your father have on you? >> i was blessed to have two outstanding parents, a mother and father that truly loved us. they cared for us.
they brought us up in church. relationshipat, my not only with my earthly father but my heavenly father, those are the guiding things i will use once i am sworn in and congress to make decisions on behalf of the people of my district. >> you are a baptist and teach sunday school. >> yes, i am. i am a member of the baptist church. my wife and i both teach sunday school. i teach junior high boys and she teaches junior high girls. my relationship with my heavenly father is a very important part of my foundation, both of that and the relationship with my family, my parents, my wife of soon to be 21 years, and my two children who are 18 and soon to be 15. my family is important to me. they have been a vital part of this campaign. they worked extremely hard to
see we were successful. while it would be difficult being away from my family, i hope we will go stronger throughout this experience. >> what have the kids in sunday school taught you? >> first of all, we began teaching our children in the youth department. we felt if our children were going to be in that part of our church, they needed people willing to step up and volunteer their time. have taughthildren me, these young men, they do not like to be referred to as children, they like to be referred to as young men, is maybe how receptive they are. you think of children young, eighth-grade, the type of class teach.d it would be difficult to get
them to focus, difficult to get them to maintain their attention, but they are very caring, very giving, very receptive. it has been as much a blessing to be able to teach them and even more so that i have the ability to serve. again, i am blessed and honored they would have that faith in me, people would entrust me with their children for just one hour each sunday so i can try to instill things that are important in my life. reporter: given how you spend your sundays, your background, career and personal life, what is on the to do list for the 116th congress? mr. guest: there are four or five important issues that will be addressed. i believe one of those issues will be transportation infrastructure. mississippi, like several parts of our nation, has aging infrastructure. thes important we see federal government can be part
of that solution, that there be a funding mechanism that can be put in place so you can of the federal government partnering with local and state governments to look at repairing our aging infrastructure, weather of the water, bridges, roads, sewage, broadband. rural broadband is important in mississippi. those are the things we would look at addressing. health care, we would like to look at addressing to lower the cost of premiums, to make insurance more accessible. in my district it is important we focus on rural hospitals. in some of our more rural counties you have a county hospital that services the entire county. it is important we keep those open for critical care so when we have individuals who have a medical emergency, they have somewhere they can go to to be tobilized and transported another facility where they can receive more specified care.
andlook at border security funding, that will be addressed by this congress. not necessarily from the immigration side, more so, what can we do to stop the bit -- the flow of illegal drugs? we have seen the problem drugs have caused in our community. you see the opioid epidemic and the problems that has caused. i believe a major key to us being able to hopefully turn the tide on drugs is secure our borders. i would like to look at a modernizing approach such as the visa program where we allow people to come in to our country toon a provisional situation work in fields such as agriculture, which is important to my state. those are issues this congress
will address and i'm excited to be part of that conversation. reporter: you will be replacing gregg harper in this seat. why did you decide to run for the u.s. house after spending your time in mississippi and being a prosecutor? mr. guest: i have had the privilege of knowing gregg harper since before he ran for congress. mississippi has been well served the last decade, having someone with harper's integrity, honesty. was important mississippi sent someone to congress to follow in the congressman harper, who could build on the foundation he has left. gregg announced he would return to private life, no longer seek reelection, it was something i'd been thinking about because of my relationship with gregg. i had conversations with my family, my inner circle, spent time in prayer, and felt it was the right decision for myself
and my family. >> c-span also spoke with democrat greg stanton. as the mayorerved of phoenix from 2012 to 2018 is -- and is the state deputy attorney general. what were you doing before you won the state seat? mr. stanton: i served as mayor for many years before that and on the city council. i have been a public life for a while and i am really into urban policy, city policy. reporter: what did you decide to run for the seat? mr. stanton: as a mayor, i cannot complain about congress unless i was willing to do it myself. a great opportunity to support not just my district, make sure we get our fair share of federal resources, but also the opportunity to set good urban policy for all of america. i am an american. congress,ome being in
being part of history. i am excited to be here for me. i wanted to stay in public service. it is a great opportunity. reporter: who are you are placing and who did you talk to bill -- talk to about replacing? won that senate seat in the state of arizona. i talked to a lot of people. most important like, my wife. this is a big family decision. i had been in public life before, in my hometown. it is a big family commitment. that was my most important advisor to talk to about this constituents also of mine, neighborhood leaders, business leaders. a lot of nonprofit groups i worked with, etc. a lot of people thought i had the right temperament, experience, to be a leader right away here in washington. reporter: what did your wife said?
mr. stanton: i am here. [laughter] she is very supportive. has always been supportive. you cannot be successful or must you have a supportive family environment. reporter: well your family join you out here in washington, d.c.? mr. stanton: np -- no. they are in great schools, they will stay in our home community. i will be back and forth. we will be doing a lot of work. we will be here in washington generally four days a week and then i will be at home working at least two days a week. we will be incredibly busy. the work we do back home is even more important than the work we do in washington. the logisticsain of getting from arizona to washington, d.c. twice a week. mr. stanton: you get on an airplane, often read is. you get here, work your tail off. it is about a five hour flight,
4.5 here. a little longer on the way home. a great opportunity to study up on public policy. when you have that much time on a plane, you better take advantage of it and be as prepared as possible. reporter: what will be your legislative priorities? mayor, we had a lot of success in transportation and infrastructure investment. ballot inut on the phoenix the largest transportation infrastructure investment postrecession up to that time. it was on the same ballot as my reelection. then and our plan passed, $32 billion plan to reinvest in light rail and bus service, dial a ride services to provide mobility independence for those who need it, make our city more by couple and walkable. -- make our city more bikeable and
walkable. i have a lot to offer in washington from the perspective of a local leader, a city leader. for the fact washington has not been a good partner to local government when it comes to infrastructure investment. our country is falling further behind competitive nations. as a representative of a southwestern border state, i believe comprehensive immigration reform is really important. no community in the country would better benefit from cumbria's of immigration reform -- bipartisan. no community would better benefit than ours in our region. when the president pulled us out of the climate paris accord it was cities like mine as mayor that stepped to the plate and said, we will keep our commitment under the paris climate accord. the people of this country look to mayors for leadership.
now that i am in washington, the democrats are in the majority. you will see positive action on the issue of climate change. you will see a marriage between infrastructure investment and climate smart investment. those are the same things. climate,to be smart on invest in the right kind of green infrastructure. we are here to protect health care, those with pre-existing conditions. we are here to reduce the cost of drugs and pharmaceuticals. i campaigned on that and we will deliver on that. reporter: republican greg stu b won florida's 17th congressional seat. he previously served in the judge active general court. operationo in freedom. >> i was one of 24 republicans
representing -- representing all of sarasota county. i am a lawyer by trade. the legislature is in session part time of the year. when i am not in session, i am a lawyer by trade. i filed a lot of different second amendment bills. i was the chairman of the florida judiciary committee. just about anything of a judicial nature the last two years in the florida senate, i chaired. anything related to the judiciary i was involved in. on a myriad of different issues. something popular in the country has been the daylight saving time spill. i passed the daylight savings time bill. district describe your and what legislative priorities do you have starting in january?
mr. steube: my district is excellent, it is diverse geographically. you have the western portion, southwest portion, sarasota, southern sarasota, charlotte county. then you move into the interior counties. rural -- think citrus and cattle. it is the number one citrus producer in the nation. think of citrus trees and cattle and not beaches because that is the predominance of this congressional district. reporter: did you grow up there? mr. steube: i grew up in the area. four generations in sarasota on one side of the family. our family has been around the area for generations. sheriffr is the former of manatee county. reporter: what was your childhood like? mr. steube: it was great. my mother was a deputy, my father was a schoolteacher in the sarasota area. when to the university of florida after graduation.
did undergrad and law school at the university of florida and went on to the military. reporter: you are taking the seat of francis rooney, who was retiring. have you spoken to him about what this is lise -- what this is like and any advice he gave you? he stayed out of the electoral process, but he has been accessible, trying to be helpful of things to watch out for. the biggest thing we have to do is hire up staff. some of his staff were brought on board. he has been helpful in that sense to transition. it is a lot put together in a short period of time. it is hard to get your staff in place before january 3. ororter: have you spoken to your colleagues from florida and what have they told you about the job? mr. steube: there are three freshmen republicans. we spend a lot of time together in orientation. russ.
when i was in the senate we did some bills together. i just met walt through this process. you already have a close-knit bond tween the three guys elected in florida. i look forward to working with them. reporter: have you found a balance, the logistics and your family life? mr. steube: we're still trying to figure that out. that is the second biggest challenge. my wife works, issue going to move up, work from home? right now we are going to take it day by day and see how things work, how often we will be up. the schedule for next year is not out yet. when that happens we will have an idea how often we will be a. . how we are decided living or what we are doing. florida to washington is not an easy commute. that is a challenge we have to figure out. reporter: representative katie hill, chosen for california, is
of the 116th congress. was p running the largestath, assisting the homeless program. helped to develop a historic bond initiative in the city of los angeles. $1.2 billion to address homelessness. have beenmething we working on for years. trump is president, we had a republican house in senate, and it was concerning as to how that would affect the work we were doing and services that were so critical to people we served. i decided we needed to do something about it, wanted to get involved. figured out my race was one of the key ones in the district. eventually one thing led to another and here i am. reporter: you succeeded two-term
congressman steve knight. ms. hill: more or less it has been held by a republican. reporter: when you told people i am going to run and you are 31 years old, what did they say? ms. hill: i was encouraged by a lot of people who suggested it in the first place, who knew my and my background in the district and thought it was a good fit. there were others who did not know me who may be had been involved with the democratic party or different constituencies that were like, where did you come from? is somethingturn you hear a lot. as a young woman that is something you get. there is a little bit of both. once i establish myself and people got to know me, i think it became clearer and clearer it does not matter how old you are if you can do the job.
reporter: your work in homelessness, how has that impacted you? ms. hill: in so many ways. homelessness is the intersection of countless failures on our part as a society, many cases the government. igot to work on health care, worked on the medicaid expansion in california. i got to work on housing policy, poverty, foster care, criminal justice reform. you see veterans issues, how these all fit together. what is the you, bottom, what is the worst possible outcome when we do not do our jobs correctly? thought process around that that will inform policymaking, i think in a good way. ms. hill: what are your priorities? -- reporter: what are your priorities? we have had someone on
the armed services committee. the chairman was the representative before steve knight. we have a huge aerospace industry and that is something i think this district in particular i need to be part of. i am excited to bring a different lens to what we are focusing on an armed services, especially with recent reports on climate change. i think it is the biggest national security threat we are facing. so many people recognize that. but how are we dealing with that within the formal structure? health care is another that is key in the campaign. is the most common denominator among people who do not agree on lots of things. they agree the cost of prescription drugs is too high and health care in general is too high. figuring out solutions that will impact people is absolutely essential. of course, affordability. housing affordability is a crisis levels throughout
california and many places throughout the country. especially with my background, i feel i have something dad to the conversation. i need to be working on that in some capacity. what motivatedr you to want to serve in congress? ms. hill: i come from a family public servants. every member of my family has served in the military, going back to the revolutionary war, including my grandfather, who i was incredibly close to. he passed away from alzheimer's. he was a political science professor at ucla. my mom is a nurse. my dad is a police officer. some kind of public service was always -- all i knew growing up. my original career was going to be nursing, and i found my way into the nonprofit sector. to me it is so similar. you have to be doing this for the mission, the right reasons,
or think you end up with a dysfunctional government and people doing it for ego or power, are just the sake of getting reelected. i think that is what led to so many problems we have. one thing i am encouraged by in this new class, there are so many people who like me were not doing this just to get into besides hitting a point where we do not recognize our political system anymore. we had to do something about it. parents: what do your think about you coming out to washington and holding this seat? ms. hill: they are very excited. my dad is a lifelong republican who has never voted democrat before he voted for me. it has been an interesting thing. we always debated politics growing up. ande of the trump election other facets that if he evolved over the past couple years, we figured out there are so many things in common more so than differences.
i think it will be interesting for him to watch. we will not be aligned on every issue. my mom is of course excited. she is worried about my well-being in terms of going back and forth, just the stresses of the job. i think that is what a mom does. new congress, new leaders. watch it all on c-span. [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2019] [captioning performed by the national captioning institute, which is responsible for its caption content and accuracy. visit ncicap.org] george's 14th congressional districts will send new representation to the u.s. house of representatives. lucy, a delta airlines employee for more than 30 years, was elected to represent george's -- a's 6ths -- georgi district. she talked about how shooting death of her son in 2012 spurred her to run for office. >> i am lucy mcbath.
from guns killed violence. i started questioning our leaders, why were these tragedies continuing to happen? and continued to ask more more questions, why are legislators not willing to keep our families safe, there was silence, complicity. understand is no one is willing to do anything, that is why i stood up and that is why i am taking action. what i notice over and over again is that karen handel and other republican legislators refuse to do anything about this unnecessary gun violence. they will not take action. in the end, the only things i am beholden to in this district are the people i talk to every single day and my son's legacy. i am running because i am a mother on a mission here in marietta to represent everyone. >> new congress, new leaders. watch it all on c-span.
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